Happy tippy-tappy toes!

Liz and I had our second tap showcase tonight! Our class this session was much bigger than last time – we ended up with 10 people! But that meant that a little bit of the pressure was off with 9 other people for the audience to look at. We danced to Ain’t Misbehavin’ and it went really well – we all stayed together, which I think is very impressive for 10 beginning dancers. Enjoy!

We’re doing the summer tap workshop, but there won’t be a showcase for that one, so this will have to hold you over until the fall!

Ferocity and flowers!

Our tap teacher gave us each Impatiens to celebrate our spring tap showcase! Not knowing whether or not they were poisonous, but knowing that either way the kitties shouldn’t eat them, I took them to work to add to Planty’s basket. The dinosaur who lives there now has a little more greenery to skulk in.

Birthday time!

Drew’s birthday was on Sunday and he wanted to have a party to celebrate, so we invited friends over and got busy in the kitchen! Drew put together a tasty, tasty taco bar with fillings for three different tacos (pulled pork, shrimp, and tofu with greens), three different salsas (a mild roasted tomatillo salsa, a medium roasted tomato salsa, and a skull-and-cross-bones mango habanero salsa), and lots of toppings (queso fresco, lime wedges, red onions soaked in sour orange juice).

And I forgot to take pictures.

I’m so bummed that I did that because the kitchen looked gorgeous and the tacos were a big hit! We had some leftovers (though not as much as I originally thought we did), so I can also attest to the fact that the shrimp filling is very good over greens and Drew has been eating the pulled pork over greens with a balsamic-mango-habanero dressing.

The cake was my job and since red velvet cake is Drew’s favorite, I made this Lincoln’s Red Velvet (Cheesecake) Cake which was also a big hit! I have a picture of the outside of it, but forgot to snap a pic once I sliced into it, but it turned out very well, if I do say so myself.

You’d think a cake with a layer of cheesecake in it would be super rich, but it really wasn’t – the cheesecake was surprisingly light and the red velvet is less sweet (and far less chocolatey) than I was expecting it to be. Even the cream cheese frosting wasn’t overwhelming!

Drew managed to get rid of most of the leftover cake the next day at school, but I’m still picking away at the remaining cake tops that I had after leveling the cakes. Yum!

Even good enough for first-run salmon!

After we finished the Salmon and Guacamole Sandwiches, we still had a TON of salmon left over, so after a quick search, I turned up Emeril’s recipe for Smoked Salmon Hash with Sunny Side Up Eggs. I didn’t use smoked salmon (I just flaked what I had instead) and I didn’t deep-fry the potatoes (just sauteed them in a little bit of olive oil with salt and pepper) and I certainly didn’t use bacon fat to cook my eggs in (I fried them dry in a nonstick pan), but it was still pretty darn good!

(Even though I overcooked the eggs a teensy bit – they looked like they were going to have lovely runny yolks, but they were closer to soft boiled on top with a little bit of hard boiled on the bottom. Oh, well!)